Tuesday, 30 June 2015
In 2012 neuroscientist Sally sold all of her belongings and left everything she knew and loved in Florida to move to England to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. Specialising in the hippocampus and its role in memory and navigation, one of the cell types focussed on are grid cells which play a major role in these abilities. Her future research will be on how these cells are affected by disease, such as Alzheimer's, and how to repair the damage and restore function through neurogenesis. Inspired by her youth of growing up near the Kennedy Space Centre, Sally kept her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, now planning to further her research on our ability to orient ourselves and navigate through a place where gravity is absent, land marks are few and far between, and cardinal directions (as we know them) don't really apply and how this could effect long distance space travel.